BikeRadar’s 2016 Most Wanted Awards are underway. You can cast your votes by clicking here.
Our editors assembled the list of nominees based on the following criteria: bikes with a proven record of success under our own testers; bikes that push the envelope in terms of technology and design for their respective categories; and last but certainly not least, bikes and gear that make us want to get out and ride.
Our team of sprocket junkies may have chosen the contenders, but it’s up to your, our readers, make the make the final verdict on which bikes deserve the title of ‘Most Wanted.’
Let’s take a look at the heavy-hitting enduro race bikes vying for the win.
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The Strive is an envelope-pushing enduro rig. It’s long and properly slack, but it also makes use of some interesting technology to optimize its performance.
Canyon’s ShapeShifter system is a relatively simple but effective way of adjusting geometry and suspension kinematics on the fly, switching between what Canyon calls XC and DH modes.
Evil has built a cult following in short order. The Wreckoning builds on the success of the company’s shorter travel 29er trail bike, The Following.
The Wreckoning serves up 161mm of suspension travel in a 29er package that can steamroll anything in its path, while remaining agile enough to flick around. This is a bike designed for the rough and steep and not for the meek.
The Dune Carbon’s Forward Geometry and sorted suspension allow it to tackle terrain where other bikes come up short.
In the words of one of our testers “the Dune never feels stressed, and wherever you care to take it has a character that’s ruthlessly efficient and charmingly playful at the same time, with the length and slackness not dulling the fun.”